Kol Nidre for Two Flutes
Composed by Max Bruch
For two flutes (or one C flute, one alto flute)
Arranged by Toby Caplan-Stonefield
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
On account of its great solemnity, Yom Kippur was chosen for the recital of Kol Nidre. At the beginning of the 16th century, a hazzan (cantor) in Germany composed this stirring tune which expresses fear, impassioned pleading and hope for ultimate deliverance. This plaintive and touching melody, adopted by the Ashkenazis throughout the world, is not used to be Sephardic and oriental Jews who recite Kol Nidre in the manner of a simple prayer. Kol Nidre is chanted three times before sunset.
The Ashkenazi version of Kol Nidre was arranged in 1880 by the non-Jewish composer Max Bruch for cello and orchestra, on commission from the Jewish community of Liverpool, and it became his most popular work. – Toby Caplan-Stonefield